Wentworth Miller has come out as a gay man.
The Prison Break star revealed the news when he turned down an invitation to attend Russia's St. Petersburg International Film Festival.
In an open letter to the event's director, Maria Averbakh, the 41-year-old actor writes, "Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline."
Wentworth explained that he's uncomfortable visiting the country due to its anti-gay propaganda law.
"I am deeply troubled by the current attitute toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government," he states. "The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."
He ends the note, which was published on gay rights group GLAAD's website on Wednesday, "Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
The handsome star's sexuality has been questioned by the media for years. This letter is the first confirmation from Wentworth.
In a 2007 interview, he reportedly denied he was gay.
“I’m not gay, but that rumor can’t be killed,” he allegedly said. “I know these rumors are out there … I’m cool with the fact that they exist, I mean this is about fantasy. Certain people are going to have certain fantasies, if someone wants to imagine me with a woman, or a man or one of each that’s cool with me as long as you keep watching the show.”
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